"Until now she had always believed that it was failure only that was intolerable, but now she understood that victory too was intolerable, because the most shameful element of the desperate struggle was not that she remained on top, but that there was no chance of defeat"
(from Satantango by László Krasznahorkai)
"At first cautiously, later indifferently, at last desperately, I wandered up the stairs and along the pavements of the inextricable palace. ‘This palace is a fabrication of the gods,’ I thought at the beginning. I explored the uninhabited interiors and corrected myself: ‘The gods who built it have died.’ I noted its peculiarities and said: ‘The gods who built it were mad.’"
From The Immortal by Jorge Luis Borges
"And I’ve found, I think, the strongest ‘or’ in language anywhere. It’s the lawyers’ phrase: as he then well knew or should have known. Well knew or should have known. The strongest or."
from Speedboat by Renata Adler
Caught this 100% candid and natural shot of Aaron Levin doing some work. What keyboard technique!
"When a colleague invited the three of us to lunch, they sat at the table silent, attentive, composed, without quarreling, without exchanging allusive smiles, without throwing around code words, without spilling food on the tablecloth. I later discovered that they had spent the time studying how the man treated me, the attentions he addressed to me, the tone in which I responded, grasping, as children are well able to do, the sexual tension; minimal, a pure lunchtime game, manifested between us."
from The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante